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The 11 best HR podcasts to listen to in 2020


Sarah Lessire

Senior Content Marketing Manager, Culture Amp

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On a good day, you’re able to be productive while wearing many different hats. 

While you’re knee-deep in revamping both your company’s performance review process and benefits package, you also manage to be present and centered during multiple one-on-one meetings. And in addition to all of that, you still have to finish the strategy for enhancing employee wellbeing.

Despite the balancing act involved with your role you’re doing a great job. You are passionate about HR and genuinely care about your employees. Still, we know that getting your job done can also make it hard to find time for staying up-to-date with the latest People and Culture developments. Luckily, podcasting is taking over a large chunk of the entertainment sphere and it can help you stay in the know.

In the United States nearly one-quarter of the population listens to podcasts on a weekly basis. In the mix of shows available there are numerous HR podcasts covering everything from employee benefits to employer branding. Collectively, they offer a reliable source of timely materials that allow you to easily digest hours of high-caliber HR information on the go.

To help you sort through the noise and make the most of your precious downtime, we have compiled a list of the 11 best HR podcasts available. These shows will help you start 2020 feeling inspired and prepared to continue your balancing act in the new year.

1. #Worktrends with Meghan M. Biro

#WorkTrends is a podcast and Twitter chat hosted by Meghan M. Biro. She shares the latest industry news and interviews leading experts, HR tech vendors and HR practitioners about what inspires them. You can join the conversation by following @MeghanMBiro, @TalentCulture, and the hashtag #WorkTrends.

Recommended episodes: Ageism and its impact in the workplace and Why social media has failed recruiting.

2. 21st Century HR with Lars Schmidt

The 21st Century HR podcast explores how to build people-centric businesses through modern practices and approaches. Host Lars Schmidt spotlights progressive leaders and how they’re reshaping the field of HR. You’ll hear the journeys of everyone from CHROs to Chief People Officers to Heads of Talent, and more. 

Recommended episodes: Reddit VP People & Culture Katelin Holloway, The Power Of Story, and Mastercard Chief People Officer Michael Fraccaro, Why Decency Quotient Is Priceless.

3. Let’s Fix Work with Laurie Ruettimann

The Let’s Fix Work podcast is dedicated to amplifying the best stories about the workplace. Host Laurie Ruettimann interviews business leaders, celebrities, politicians and human resources experts to discuss how to fix the broken state of work.

Recommended episodes: What If The CEO Ran Human Resources? and The Art Of Mentoring With Mike Sipple Jr.

4. WorkLife with Adam Grant

WorkLife was one of Apple Podcasts’ most downloaded new shows of 2018 and was hosted by organizational psychologist Adam Grant. He takes you inside the minds of some of the world’s most unusual professionals to explore the science of making work not suck. From learning how to love criticism to harnessing the power of frustration, each episode will challenge you to look at your work differently.

Recommended episodes: The creative power of misfits and The perils of following your career passion

5. My HR Future with David Green

My HR Future is a podcast and video series hosted by David Green. Green speaks to a range of HR experts who are pushing forward a data-driven and digital HR agenda. You’ll hear from people leaders who are driving transformation in their own organizations as they discuss how HR can prepare for the future of work.

Recommended episodes:  Data-Driven Workforce Planning and Org Design (Interview with Rupert Morrison, CEO at OrgVue) and Reinventing Jobs: The Future of Work and its Impact on HR (Interview with John Boudreau, Professor and Research Director at USC) 

6. DriveThruHR with Mike VanDervort, Robin Schooling, Dwane Lay, and Crystal Miller Lay

The DriveThruHR podcast covers topics relevant to HR professionals. Featured guests discuss a variety of topics including HR technology, recruiting, talent management, leadership, organizational culture and strategic HR. 

Recommended episodes: Talking Gender Equity with Pamela Culpepper and Stop Wasting Money On Ineffective Training Programs w/ Juliana Stancampiano.

7. HR Happy Hour with Steve Boese and Trish McFarlane

The HR Happy Hour podcast is the longest-running and top downloaded HR podcast. The show focuses on topics related to human resources, management, leadership, and workforce technology. HR Happy Hour is hosted by Steve Boese, the Co-Chair of the HR Technology Conference and Trish McFarlane, CEO of H3 HR Advisors. 

Recommended episodes: Building an Authentic Employer Brand and Putting Culture First While You Scale.

8. #SECURETHESEAT with Minda Harts

#SecureTheSeat is a podcast for today’s professional women of color. On this show, host Minda Harts will take you through the stories of everyday women of color as they lean into a workforce that isn’t always invested in their success. 

Recommended episodes: Finding and Mobilizing Your Allies and The Warning Signs with Sarah Morgan

9. How I Built This with Guy Raz

On the How I Built This podcast, Guy Raz dives into the stories behind some of the world’s best-known companies. The show weaves a narrative journey about innovators, entrepreneurs and idealists—and the movements they built.

Recommended episodes: Outdoor Voices: Tyler Haney and Crate & Barrel: Gordon Segal

10. The Way We Lead with Gaby and Jenelle  

The Way We Lead is a podcast that focuses on what it means to be a leader, an ally, and an advocate for underrepresented folks. The show features real-world stories of inclusive leadership and allyship and highlight folks across industries, titles, and identities who use their influence to raise others up. 

Recommended episodes: Prevent “Diversity Debt” By Weaving Inclusion Into Your Startup Strategy with Kellie Wagner and Understanding Intersectionality With Rehana Mohammed

11.The Culture First Podcast with Damon Klotz 

Culture First: Stories for a better world of work is our own podcast! From uncomfortable truths to heart-to-heart conversations, the show uncovers what it really takes to build a better world of work. Whether you’re a seasoned leader who is passionate about developing people, a new manager aspiring to better their team’s culture or a lifelong People Geek, this show is for you.

Our guests include Esther Perel, DeRay McKesson, Chip Conley, Simon Sinek, Adam, Grant, Claude Silver, and many more. 

Recommended episodes: Relationships at work, with Esther Perel, Scaling culture, with Ambrosia Vertesi.


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We hope you gain valuable insights from these HR podcasts and bring them to your own workplace. If you’d like to help us add to this list, we would love to hear from you. Please email Sarah Lessire at sarah.lessire@cultureamp.com with your suggestions.